Colorado Model Railroad Museum, Greeley

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Colorado Model Railroad Museum, formerly known as Greeley Freight Station Museum, houses America's largest HO Scale prototypical model train layout.

The building has 9,500 square feet on the main floor and another 2,000 feet in mezzanine, storage and break room space. The featured element, a 5,500 sq. foot HO gauge model railroad layout, has ten separate wiring systems, 20+ scale miles of mainline track, hundreds of buildings (many of which have been scratch built), thousands of hand made trees and scenery never before attempted on a model railroad. The layout is configured so that it might operate automatically in a “show” mode (called docent mode), and in manual “operational” mode for train running sessions. The wharf areas feature ships that are fully operational “in the field”, along with a full-scale model of the 729 foot ore carrier, Edmund Fitzgerald.

The museum displays over 1,100 railroad artifacts from across the United States. Signals, signs, keys, locks, photos, tools, towels, passes, timetables, lanterns, etc. The largest “artifact” is the last wooden caboose from the Colorado and Southern railroad to be operated on that railroad's system: C&S caboose 10583, which was retired in 1974. The caboose is fully furnished inside and out and is open for public inspection when the museum is open.

The museum is located between two actual railroad properties: the Union Pacific on the east and the Great Western on the west, so visitors can also “train watch” during their visit to the GFSM.

All proceeds from admissions fees are donated to downtown Greeley charities such as the Women's Ministry Center, the Hispanic Relief Fund, and the Weld County Food Bank. Representatives from each charity will take turns collecting the admissions during days the museum is open, and any fees they collect will be retained by them to use for their charity. All admission fees, no matter who they are collected and retained by, are reported to the museum manager so a log can be kept of yearly monies raised for the charities.
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  • August 9, 2017
    We went in a day when the farmer's market was going on, across the street. Models were amazing! Not too far to drive from Denver and well worth the trip.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    It talks a near lifetime to put together this massive demonstration of railroading. Anyone interested in trains needs to stop at this place. Plan at least an hour. Plan your trip since the museum is o...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    This model railroad layout is one of the best, if not the best in the country. We have visited it several times, in the past, and always find it great. This is a "must see" when you are in the area.  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    The kids loved it, especially the day we went on being Dino Week made it the cherry on top. My oldest would not allow us to leave till we finished the scavenger hunt. Let's just say the detail they put in the models is amazing.
  • June 21, 2017
    Way more amazing than I thought!! There is a children's section and the train display is amazing! A guide is the only thing that would make it better!! (And a few more stools..Some areas are tall for short folk!!) Totally worth the trip!!
  • June 24, 2017
    Amazing. A must see. Fun for the whole family. Great bunch of folks who love what they do.
  • July 7, 2017
    Great place for kids. They have a scavenger hunt game with prizes that makes it a little more interactive for children.
  • April 20, 2017
    An amazing and entertaining model railroad display. The members were very friendly and happy to answer questions and explain everything.

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